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Three things I learned (so far) about cough, colds and flu—
- No matter how you explain them, injections are scary to kids—and to adults, too.
- No matter how many times you remind them to cover when they cough or sneeze, kids forget.
- No matter how much Clorox you spray around, when someone gets the cough or colds, everyone at home will eventually get the cough and colds.
"Daddy," my 4-year old asked. "Do you know what happens when you are sick?'
I smiled. A great teaching opportunity, I told myself.
"Yes," I answered then proceeded to tell him my favorite story to explain sickness.
Good guys in your body, I told him, fight the bad guys that try to invade. They fight with guns, canons and bombs. That's why your body sometimes gets hot.
If the good guys are losing, reinforcements are needed. That's where medicine—like Tylenol—comes in.
"Oh," my 4-year old said, with eyes wide open.
Silence. More silence.
"I thought," my 4-year old said. "I thought that if you are sick you can watch TV the whole day."